Heritage is 'worth preserving'
PUBLISHED: 15:09 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10: MEMBERS of the public were polled whether some of Exmouth's old buildings should be protected from developers - and the overwhelming response is yes. Building on the success of their campaign to have the Exmouth Library listed, town councillors Steve Gaz
MEMBERS of the public were polled whether some of Exmouth's old buildings should be protected from developers - and the overwhelming response is yes.Building on the success of their campaign to have the Exmouth Library listed, town councillors Steve Gazzard and Ian Stewart asked people in the Magnolia Centre on Saturday: "Do you have a favourite building in Exmouth that you would like to be 'listed'?"Most popular buildings cited were The Old Lifeboat Station (the application for this is already in), The Savoy Building (Exmouth's first Town Hall), The Town Hall, The Sailor's Rest, The Maer, The Imperial Hotel, The Walton's Building (New Look, Thorntons etc), The Beacon Vaults, Branzinos Building (The original offices of the Exmouth Chronicle) and Moreton Crescent.Cllr Gazzard said: "Having spoken to a great number of Exmouth residents on Saturday morning, in the Magnolia Centre, the overwhelming opinion is that yes, Exmouth does have some fine old buildings that need to be saved from future developments.Cllr Stewart added: "The answers were as varied as the people who were asked; some visitors to the area gave their opinions as well. "There were a number of people who discussed the disadvantages of 'listing' buildings - the fact that no-one can then do anything with them that will change their appearance - but then that is the challenge facing all generations - even Buckingham Palace has had to become disability friendly!"They said that most people felt that Exmouth's past heritage was worth preserving for future generations.Over the next few weeks both councillors will research and present their findings to English Heritage and will keep the public informed of their progress.